Published 8th March 2013
Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, as the largest firm of auctioneers in the Westcountry, has been able to bring together a good selection of Antique Firearms, which will attract the attention of the specialist firearms and gun collector.
Some of the antique firearm highlights in this Sporting and Collectors sale include three revolvers that are significant in the development of the modern day gun. The Coopers' patent pepperbox revolver (SC16/91), the Remington New Model Army 1858 revolver (SC16/90) and the Deane Adams & Deane hammerless revolver (SC16/86) are from a single-owner collection that has been consigned to the sale. Each example is in very desirable original condition and being fresh to the market will, no doubt, attract a great deal of attention both in the saleroom and through our online bidding facilities.
One of my personal favourites in this sporting sale is a small ivory carved dog's head whistle (SC16/55). Only 4cm long and inset with glass eyes, it is a wonderfully simple piece with great appeal to collectors and dog lovers alike. As the Sporting and Collectors sale is also being held live online, this small piece will no doubt attract international interest with its £100-£150 estimate.
The feats of the athletes of the London 2012 Olympics were certainly an inspiration to many and the market for Olympic Memorabilia remains strong. The 1908 London Olympic silver medal (SC16/216) won by Sydney Charles Evans, estimated at between £3,000 and £5,000, reminds us that even in the early days of the modern Olympiad, the passion and dedication to training by competitors equalled that of today's athletes.
Perhaps one of the most consistently popular artists in this field is Charles Johnson Payne (Snaffles) (1884-1967). Included are a signed Snaffles print of the Grand National (SC16/282a) and two original works of 'The Cherubims', 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own), estimate £500-£700 each, depicting two views of a Hussar on horse back (SC16/288) and (SC16/289).
Always an interesting sale to catalogue and conduct from the rostrum, this collectors auction includes a number of antique dolls, a late Victorian puppet theatre (SC16/710) as well as a collection of mid 20th century underground comics (SC16/782). Many will be familiar with Robert Crumb's artwork from the album covers of Janis Joplin and the Big Brother Holding Company. However, Crumb is known to a wider group of collectors for his work on several characters including Fritz the Cat and Mr Natural. An acquired taste for some perhaps, but no less valuable to collectors who will be eager to obtain original copies of these issues.